The Myanmar military has staged a coup and seized power by arresting and detaining Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, President Win Myint, and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The move comes despite earlier claims by the military to the contrary. 

The NLD had won a landslide victory in the November elections.

A video broadcast on the military-owned station Myawaddy Television said that power was handed to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, citing “huge irregularities” in November’s vote. The military also declared a one-year state of emergency.

According to the broadcast,